I’m the type of person who likes lists and charts and organizational stuff, so the Dave Ramsey envelope system has always appealed to me. At this point I really don’t have enough expenses to make it needful, but I’ve been using it anyway. But after stuffing ugly paper envelopes into my wallet until they were nearly falling apart, I was getting tired of the less-than-lovely appearance. A quick Google search brought up multiple envelope wallet tutorials and ideas, and this is what resulted.
I used this method
to print on fabric – I was originally thinking to print fancy text
labels on each envelope, but decided to use various graphics and such
instead – that way, if I want to change up my categories I can do so
easily. To me, the graphics I chose for each category makes sense
(e.g., a vintage sewing machine for crafts) but I could switch them
around if I want to later.
Most wallet tutorials had the envelopes stitched into the wallet,
with zippers to secure them better. I didn’t have zippers on hand, I
don’t like sewing zippers when I don’t have to, and I wanted to be able
to remove the envelopes – so I just made simple pockets instead.
They’re tight enough that my money isn’t going to fall out, and the
button on the main wallet is more than enough to keep everything tightly
secured when it’s all put together.
Inside the wallet is a cardholder/mini pouch – this was the most confusing and frustrating part of making the wallet.
(Oh, and for the record: I don’t live in Pell City. If I did, I’d
have removed the library card before photographing this; I’m not going
to publicly announce my location for any creepy people to find. *ahem*)
This is a closeup shot of the button. (Duh.)
I don’t like hand sewing.
I really don’t know why I’m giving you a closeup shot of my lame hand sewing.
Oh well. Whatever.